Driving people together

Already, Wasserman said he's been impressed by the local response to the business, which is located on an otherwise rural stretch of Route 67 at Harmony Corners.

"I didn't expect to get such a response from the community," he said. "They're used to the fact it's been closed for so long."

He received help from locals along the way, including Howie Eskin of the Charlton Historical Society, who filled him in on the history of the building.

Wasserman said he's aiming to stay connected with the surrounding area by making an effort to use local suppliers whenever possible. So far, he has lined up Thomas Poultry in Schuylerville for eggs and chicken, Park 19 Cookies of Mechanicville and South Farms, which is located practically around the corner and provides the Texas longhorn beef for burgers.

"I believe the relationship between and service and the community is a two-way street," said Wasserman. "I think that any business, especially in such a small community, has to give back."

The Route 67 Country Store and CafE is located at 1958 Amsterdam Road and is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.""

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